There was a businessman who lived in a small but growing community. His business involved security so it was important that he held the trust of his clients. He appeared to be a dedicated family man.
One day his wife left him without warning. She left the children and most everything else behind.
The businessman spoke out against her in the community and gained sympathy. She was not there to defend herself so his side was accepted. He even poisoned his young children against her.
One day the man met another lady. They got married. In the beginning things were normal enough. However, over time his new wife began to see that there was indeed a reason that his first wife had chosen to leave abruptly.
The businessman and family man that he portrayed himself to be publicly was not who he was privately.
He was frequently late to appointments and had the wife call and lie to clients about why he was not there. If clients did not pay their bills in a timely manner, he would sabotage their homes, cars or offices so they would have to call him and he could collect not only on the original invoice but the new one as well.
He had access to secure locations so he would frequently grant himself access to places that he should not be for his benefit.
He did not pay his taxes.
He killed the wife’s dog when he was out of control. It was not an intentional act as so many of his other behaviors were and he was in fact remorseful. However, the line between balancing the public image and private was becoming more difficult.
He even spoke of wanting to murder someone who had hurt him.
The children had grown up and established lives of their own so the husband and his new wife had more time than ever just the two of them. The businessman began to exhibit some very disturbing behaviors. He even had some physical scars as the result of these deeply perverted behaviors.
The wife realized that she needed to leave and must do so just as the first had done for her own safety – quickly, abruptly and without warning. When she left, she left him a note with reasons and evidence attached as to why she was leaving. One of the children whom she had grown to love very much as her own called her siding with the father. She had no knowledge of the private facts. The woman never tried to defend herself as she saw it would be pointless.
Just as the man had done with his first wife, he trashed the name of the second wife to anyone who would listen and gained favor and sympathy.
Never once did the man accept any responsibility or seek to improve upon himself. Rather, he blamed and harbored bitterness. He loved to speak about how he had been wronged.
The first and second wives became friends and learned that they had shared the exact same experience.
It would seem that if two wives left much the same way that people might start to wonder about the businessman. However, he was very much a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
He still possessed favor in his community and with his children as well as with the very few friends that he had.
The cycle continued.
There are several lessons to be learned from this parable.
- There are always at least two sides to every story even if you only hear one.
- History or (His Story) does repeat itself.
- Just because someone appears trustworthy you should not give him or her the keys to your house.
- Sometimes people trash others to keep people from looking too closely at them.
- Just because someone remains quiet and does not defend himself or herself, they are not necessarily guilty. Perhaps, they are just taking the higher road.
- Give grace and be careful of those who don’t.
- A person can portray themselves to be anything they want to be. A business person, a family person, or a Christian. We must look for the fruit . Perhaps, what they are producing is merely sour grapes.
Until Next Time,